Good morning everyone! I really hope you are enjoying your week so far. As mentioned in my previous post.. I have recently moved & am new to this single mother thing.. so I have been looking for ways to help me save since life is pretty expensive obviously. I did find lots of ways to try and save.. a lot of couponing, which I would love to say I could do, but it’s so time consuming and right now I simply don’t have that. Maybe one day. Besides that, I found a few other ways that I am going to start with to see if they help.
1. Errands All in one day each week: Each week, I plan to try and run all errands one day of the week. This will hopefully help me save on gas, money i would spend on food for the minis and I while out & snacks that I would take with us. This will give me more time to spend with them doing things like going on walks, playing at the park, going to the pool, etc. It will also keep our food healthier because a lot of fresh snacks cannot be out of the fridge in the heat all day & fast food… is well.. gross. haha.
2. Electricity: Phantom Electricity – This is a small thing that I’ve hear can make a huge deal.. Basically, if you aren’t using something.. un-plug it. Even though electronics are plugged in & turned off, they are still sucking up electricity. I am also going to try and use the dryer less. I have toddlers so obviously I have to still use it, but some things I will hang dry. In addition to those, I am going to try and not mess with my air conditioning. I have a bad habit of turning it up and down a lot. I am going to keep it a little warmer in the summer and probably not use it in the winter since it’s florida… but i read to keep summers warmer & winters cooler for places with seasons.
3. Monthly Meal Planning: Besides produce, I am going to attempt to meal plan my entire month. Apparently a lot of coupons do this when they get burnt out on couponing. The idea is that you spend less because you can prep a lot of meals that use the same items, so you wouldn’t have to re-purchase things in following weeks to make a meal. It also helps because if there is an item on sale, you can plan meals around those basic items and stock your supply all at once. I liked this idea because it helps save, but also because my little ones are at an age where grocery shopping is fun at times and at other times they hate it.
4. Handmade/DIY: I know a lot of you are aware that I craft a lot. Yes this helps when my minis want cute things or to make something special to match a dress, etc… but what I mean is.. learn to sew basic things.. if the seam on something starts to unravel, sew it.. don’t throw it out & buy new. Kids are crazy at times and their clothing gets majorly abused. Learn how to fix small things like that. DIY (Di It Yourself) with things around your home. Learn how to fix little things, make things, make your own cleaners, etc.. whatever fits you personally.
5. Local Markets: The other day I finally got to go to a farmers market! I had been wanting to go to one the last few years I had lived in Pittsburgh, PA but never got a chance to. Well… I found one only about 10 minutes from where I live. It was a small one but i LOVED IT!! I am a fruit & vegetable lover so I was in heaven seeing all of the fresh produce. There were very few things that looked as if I wouldn’t buy due to freshness unlike at most grocery stores I’ve been to. I purchased 2/3 of my fridge (shown below) full of produce for only $50. I was completely amazed. $50 of produce at the grocery store isn’t much on top of having to really sort through to find simple things like a bag of grapes that isn’t smashed or a container of 100% non-moldy blueberries. I know.. gross… but the truth. It was nice, easy and my bill was comforting.
Thank you everyone for taking the time out to read my new post. I really hope that it can help some of you save as well! I hope you all have a beautiful day!